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Marlene Gail Martell
September 22, 1937 - December 15, 2023
Wife, mother, grandmother, godmother, aunt, friend, Avon representative, devout Catholic, Dallas Cowboy and bingo enthusiast.
Marlene was born on Sept 22, 1937, to Virginia and Romeo Delisle in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She was a 1955 graduate of Holyoke High School.
She left us on December 15, 2023, to join her husband, Paul E. Martell, who preceded her on August 20, 2018. Marlene and Paul were married after high school and began their life journey together in the U.S. Army. For the next 20 years, they traveled to foreign places, such as Germany and Okinawa and all around the United States; where all five of their children were born, each in a different state.
They retired in 1975, settling in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Marlene, a well-known Avon Representative, started her business selling the products in September 1975 in Sierra Vista and continued for over 40 years. From 1976 until she retired, she was one of the top sellers in the area, in either first, second or third place. Over those years, her children and grandchildren would help or often tag along on deliveries. Marlene could be found every other week on the phone chatting with her customers and getting their orders. The other week, she could be found driving around Sierra Vista, delivering those orders and enjoying the company of her customers and friends. Marlene had won many awards over the years, even meeting the Mrs. Albee representative. She, along with her family, were very proud of her achievement and the small business she had started and expanded to well over 100 customers. Some customers would say “Oh, Avon today - Marlene is coming!” It would be the highlight of their day.
Marlene was a Eucharistic minister at St. Andrews the Apostle Catholic Church for many years, where she attended mass daily when she could. Even when Marlene was no longer able to attend Mass in person, she participated weekly online.
A lot of her customers were also close friends, some of them for up to and over 40 years. Marlene would meet her friends for lunch, shopping, or especially Bingo at the Knights of Columbus Hall. They would meet once or twice a week to play Bingo. Marlene was an avid player and enjoyed winning often.
Marlene was a dedicated Dallas Cowboy fan. She watched the team play whether they won or lost on television every week during the annual football season. She even journeyed several times to Phoenix with her daughter, Roxane and granddaughter, Sarah. to watch them play live. She acquired several autographs from some of the players from those games.
Marlene loved her family and was proud of them. She spoke of them often. She leaves behind daughters Gail Marlene Martell Priznar, Roxane Martell Jones and Peggy Martell; sons Mark (Cheryl) Martell and Paul (Jennifer) Martell; grandchildren Amie (Ken) Chombah, Michael Priznar, Sarah (Noe) Montes and Devony Martell; goddaughters, Erica Rosenthal and Miahna Corella, and sister-in-law, Janet Martell.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Virginia and Romeo, her brother-in-law, Dennis Martell, her son-in-law, Nick Priznar, her husband, Paul, and future son-in-law, Maylo Corella.
There will be a Celebration of Life service held at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 800 Taylor Drive, Sierra Vista. Rosary will be at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 10:30 a.m. A reception and inurnment will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Association, St. Andrews Catholic Church or Roots and Roads Foundation.